Thunder Bay's Growing Sectors
This is an exciting time in Thunder Bay as historically strong sectors in resource industries and manufacturing successfully blend with new, evolving and innovative businesses in knowledge, education and healthcare.
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Knowledge Based Sectors
Thunder Bay's knowledge sector continues to diversify and grow.
There is an increasing focus on Education in Thunder Bay. Recently The Northern Ontario School of Medicine and the Bora Laskin Facutly of Law were established as part of Lakehead University. Lakehead University, Confederation College, Lakehead District School Board and the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board are all part of the Top 10 Largest Employers in Thunder Bay
- Film Sector
Located at the geographical centre of North America, it's beautiful vistas and friendly, welcoming community, Thunder Bay is a great location for film.
- Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
With an extensive fibre optic network, Thunder Bay offers excellent communication infrastructure. The diverse and educated labour force grows annually by approximately 3600 new graduates from Lakehead University and Confederation College.
- Health Sciences
T hunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is a leading teaching and research hospital, serving all of Northwestern Ontario. The Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute is an innovative, brand new facility equipped with advanced technology that attracts world-class talent. It is contributing millions of dollars to Thunder Bay's economy.
Mining, Manufacturing and Forestry
Thunder Bay's traditional sector businesses are leading the way through innovation and sustainable practices while continuing to show strength and growth.
Situated in Canada's Boreal Forest, the forestry sector has been a significant economic contributor since the late 1800s. Harvesting wood and creating wood products is a large portion of, not only Thunder Bay's economy, but of all of Northwestern Ontario.
In recent years, new material finds have reinvigorated interest in mining in Northern Western Ontario. Thunder Bay is the main urban centre for access to the Ring of Fire and its massive economic potential.
Low property and operating costs, a highly skilled labour force and proximity to the US border, make Thunder Bay an excellent location for the manufacturing sector.
Easily accessible by land, air, sea and rail, Thunder Bay is not only a central hub but an ideal location for any business.
- Learn more about the transportation access in Thunder Bay
- Thunder Bay Airport
- Thunder Bay Port Authority
Thunder Bay attracts approximately 1.3 million visitors annually. Visitors enjoy the wide variety of recreation and leisure opportunities, sports and conventions. Thunder Bay is also the gateway for travel into remote Northern Ontario wilderness.
The agricultural industry has been identified as a key and emerging sector in the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario by the Province of Ontario.
- Learn more about the Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy
- Learn more about the Thunder Bay Federation of Agriculture
|Sector||Representative||Job Title||Phone Number||Email Address|
|Knowledge Based & Film||Piero Pucci||Development Officeremail@example.com|
|Manufacturing and Forestry||Richard Pohler||Senior Development Officerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mining||John Mason||Project Manager, Mining Servicesemail@example.com|
|Transportation||Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
Thunder Bay Economic Data – This interactive website includes data on demographics, labour force, tax, quality of life, housing transportation, education, companies and utilities.
Thunder Bay Community Profile for Investors – This PDF provides demographic and economic information about doing business here.
* Sources: Statistics Canada; Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) / www.economicmodeling.com